DUTCHMAN Tim Kliphuis breathes new life into existing styles with his high-energy brand of classical, gypsy jazz, celtic and world music. His improvised sound is totally new, yet steeped in tradition. Classically trained and widely regarded as the inheritor of the Stéphane Grappelli crown, Kliphuis first made his name playing with the fiery European gypsy guitarists but soon developed a more personal style taking him to classical, jazz and folk venues around the world. His trio takes the Grappelli style forward several masterful steps with its inspired and deliciously effervescent mix of styles. Their electrifying performances have made them firm favourites on the festival scene and Artsreach are excited to be bringing such an exhilarating trio to Dorset. Catch them at St John's Church, Hinton Martel on Friday 18th January from 7.30pm (01258 840569); also Ashmore on 16th January, Melbury Osmond on 17th, St West Knighton on 19th and Studland on Sunday 20th.
Verwood Trad Jazz Club are pleased to announce that they have moved back to 17 Moorlands Road, formerly known as Club 31, but now totally refurbished and called The Hideaway. On Thursday 17th January they welcome the Sunset Cafe Stompers who will be making their first visit to the club. Led by brilliant pianist Mike Denham and supported, on trumpet, by the very skilled Steve Graham, they play exciting traditional jazz in the style of the New Orleans pioneers. The band takes its name from the famous night-spot on Chicago's southside, owned by Al Capone, where Louis Armstrong once played. Their repertoire, whilst firmly routed in New Orleans, also covers a wider range of compositions made famous by Duke Ellington, King Oliver and Jelly Roll Morton. Doors open 7pm, band plays 8-11pm. Superb a la carte restaurant, bar menu and jazz room menu. Good dance floor and a cosy, spacious and warm venue. For more details call Janet on 01202 813955.
Programmed in partnership with Bournemouth Modern Jazz Club, Swanage Jazz and Soundstorm, the Studio Jazz season returns to Lighthouse, Poole's Centre for the Arts on Friday 18th January, beginning with Derek Nash Acoustic Quartet. At the forefront of the British Jazz movement, Derek has been described by The Guardian as "one of the most versatile saxophonists in the UK today", and the Derek Nash Acoustic Quartet now features a new line-up made up from some of the best of British jazz. The multi-award winning Dave Newton is probably the busiest and most popular pianist on the British jazz scene today, while the rhythm section of with Geoff Gascoyne and Sebastiaan de Krom displays a musical telepathy that was honed to perfection during their years with Jamie Cullum. The quartet mainly plays original compositions by Derek and his father, Pat Nash, with strong flavours of the Blue Note days. Expect hints of New Orleans, Bill Evans, Lee Morgan, Gerry Mulligan and Paul Desmond. For tickets and further details call 0844 406 8666 or visit www.lighthousepoole.co.uk.
Jive to Alan Pickering's Spirit of New Orleans Jazz Band at the Bournemouth Trad Jazz Club on Monday 14th January starting at 8pm. Special guest will be John Maddocks on reeds. The venue is the Bluebirds Social Club in Longham (opposite Haskins garden centre) with its large dance floor, free car parking and affordable drinks. For more information on the club and the regular band visit www.tradjazzband.co.uk or call 01202 578582.
The Panama Hat New Orleans Jazz Band will be performing at Ye Olde George Inn, in the centre of Christchurch on Wednesday 16th January at 8.30pm, admission free.
And the regulars:
Sunday lunchtime session at Jazzy's in Sandbanks, 1-4pm featuring the Andy Urquhart Quartet with special guests.